Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Joshua Tree National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

the trail itself was mostly a wash basin. There we're some well maintained stairs for most of the climbs. There were plenty of places to do some bouldering, and side excursions. we ended up making it a 3-mile loop. Moderate is a very good description, nice for adults and still kid friendly.

hiking
3 days ago

Cool area. Parking is weird. I would park at the campground.

Great view of Joshua Tree when you reach the top. Watch out for high winds!

Excellent rock formations at the base, a moderate hike with few trees and sweeping valley views. Great way to get some altitude in a short amount of time. Hiked on New Years Eve in blistering wind. The hiking experience on the way up overtops the payoff at the top, so enjoy the journey!

Short, a nice first stretch of the legs after a long drive to the park.

A short but steep hike, well worth the trip. It’s a wonder why this isn’t listed as a main hike on the parks brochure.

hiking
6 days ago

Crowded, nothing too special. View was mediocre not really a Joshua tree vibe.

hiking
10 days ago

Best part about this hike is climbing around on all of the different rock formations. We spent hours scrambling around and trying to get to the top of each pile of rocks. So much fun, and an experience very unique to Joshua Tree NP.

hiking
10 days ago

Very nice hike. Good views from the top, and challenging enough to make you work a little for it. We trail ran down which was super fun on all of rocks and “stairs”. Would definitely do again, but probably run the entire trail.

Ah negro hill, yes well if you’re looking for hard work don’t look to negro. Even the laziest of man can conquer the negro, hill that it...

nature trips
11 days ago

Short loop around the area. Boulders to climb and play on. Very quick with informative placards. Good for families.

hiking
11 days ago

Easy short trail. End of it leads to ruins of the old ranch that you can walk through. Good hike for those who are looking for an easy walk.

Perfect short hike that provides great views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Top of the mountain has a great stop and overlook for pictures. Challenging due to hiking uphill the whole way, but very worth it. If it’s summer, definitely pack water and sunscreen.

hiking
12 days ago

Great short hike with amazing views!

hiking
12 days ago

Went up early January 2018. Sunrise at around 6:50am, it took us about 35 minutes to get to the top, the hike is fairly easy as it’s not particularly rocky and the steps are wide and flat. Does get very windy and cold at the top (~20F) around that time. Great 360* view although not a lot of Joshua trees

Favorite hike in the entire park

Short but really beautiful hike. The landscape changes a lot and a bit of rock climbing needed at certain points.

Fun short hike with a lot of cactuses to see

Uhmm hmmmm. A good part of this loop was walking thru the parking lots of a campground? And right along the road. If you have really young kids it’s a good one.

hiking
15 days ago

Did as beginning and end of Lost Oasis hike. It was lovely with the mine, many flowers and many hummingbirds near the yellow flowered bushes. End is a little confusing because it says trail is closed due to flood damage.

Easy and great scenery!

walking
15 days ago

Great hike with a fantastic payoff. Short but strenuous. Worth the trip

Very quick hike with nice views at the peak halfway through

hiking
17 days ago

I love this hike. When you get to the top, the silence is amazing. You can hear a single car approach from miles away. The views of the dancing Joshua Trees are captivating. I can't wait to go back! (Sept. 2000)

This hike was amazing and the abandoned miner hut at the end was way cooler than I was expecting! Only word of caution is that I wouldn’t say it’s an “easy” hike. The distance and climb are absolutely doable, but there were definitely some spots going up and down where we had to pick our way up and down through some rocks and rough terrain. We were able to do it with our kids without issue (youngest is 9) but it wouldn’t have been doable for hikers who are less sure-footed (much younger or elderly)

Really nice flat trail - great for kids to run and climb rocks and still interesting enough to keep the grown ups happy! Beautiful and interesting rock formations all along the trail. Well worth the trip!!

This is the perfect hike in my opinion. 2 miles of beautiful views and interesting terrain (not all flat or boring by any means). Loved this!

hiking
19 days ago

Quite possibly my favorite hike at Joshua Tree! Challenging enough to break a sweat and really feel accomplished when you reach the stunning 360 views at the top! Be sure to bring layers and sturdy shoes, in the winter it can get cold and even have ice/snow on some parts.

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